Prota 7(1): Timbers/Bois d’œuvre 1
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Origin and geographic distribution
Nothospondias staudtii is distributed from Côte d’Ivoire eastward to DR Congo.
The wood of Nothospondias staudtii is considered suitable for carpentry, but it seems little used.
The wood is yellow, fairly hard and fibrous. It is easy to work.
Leaf extracts have shown in-vivo analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities in mice and rats.
Dioecious small to medium-sized tree up to 25 m tall; bole branchless for up to 10 m, cylindrical, straight, up to 50 cm in diameter; outer bark smooth, bright grey with white and green spots; branches erect. Leaves arranged spirally, clustered at ends of branches, imparipinnately compound with 9–21 pairs of leaflets; stipules absent; petiole and rachis 50–120 cm long; petiolules 5–11 mm long; leaflets opposite to alternate, obliquely oblong-elliptical, 10–21 cm × 4–10 cm, base asymmetrical, apex acuminate, papery, glabrous, pinnately veined with c. 10 pairs of lateral veins. Inflorescence a lax terminal panicle up to 70 cm long and 80 cm wide at base, with shortly hairy axes; bracts ovate, 1–1.5 mm × 1 mm. Flowers unisexual, regular, 4-merous; pedicel 2–5 mm long, jointed at base; calyx campanulate, c. 1.5 mm long, with short, ovate lobes; petals oblong-obovate, 4–6 mm × 1.5–2 mm, yellow; stamens in 2 rows of 4, 4–7 mm long; ovary superior, consisting of 4 free carpels, 1(–2) developing into fruit. Fruit an ovoid-ellipsoid drupe 2–2.5 cm × 1.5–2 cm, yellow-orange at maturity, 1-seeded. Seeds oblong-ellipsoid, 1.5–2 cm × c. 1 cm, testa papery, brown.
Nothospondias comprises only 1 species.
Nothospondias staudtii occurs in the understorey of forest, often along watercourses.
Genetic resources and breeding
Nothospondias staudtii is relatively widespread but rare in some countries, e.g. Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. It is classified as vulnerable in the IUCN Red list of threatened species.
At present Nothospondias staudtii seems to be not much used as a source of timber, and in view of its vulnerability and its often small size this will not change.
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Correct citation of this article:
Brink, M., 2007. Nothospondias staudtii Engl. In: Louppe, D., Oteng-Amoako, A.A. & Brink, M. (Editors). Prota 7(1): Timbers/Bois d’œuvre 1. [CD-Rom]. PROTA, Wageningen, Netherlands.